How to Choose Wedding Entertainment

How to Choose Wedding Entertainment

I was asked by the folks at www.evereverafter.co.uk to write an article about what to look for when booking your wedding entertainment.This is what I wrote;

I perform at about 70 weddings a year, so I’m pretty experienced at this sort of thing. And over the years, I’ve learned a thing or two about booking wedding entertainers.

Firstly, make time to see the act you are going to book in person. Whether that’s at a wedding fair, or a gig they are performing at. I find – particularly with magicians – they can have an amazing website but in reality they’re not very experienced in person, which can often result in poor feedback from guests afterwards.

 

Ask how many weddings they’ve worked at, and if they’ve got any evidence. I’ve got photos and videos from over 300 weddings I’ve performed at over the past few years. If a magician can’t provide that, consider why that may be. You want to feel confident they are who they say they are, before parting with your money.

By meeting the magician, you’ll get a feel for their personality. It’s important that a magician is amiable and able to interact with your guests. There are many differing styles of magic and not all may suit your audience.

Once you’ve met them, start your research! What’s their online feedback like? Does it look like it’s genuine? Lots of anonymous quotes from friends does not mean they are good entertainers. I have over 350 five star reviews, and around 130 from brides and grooms who’ve voted for me the two times I’ve won  The Wedding Industry Awards.Im also the highest Google rated magician in The Midlands with over 100 5 star reviews

Make sure you Google the performer. If Google hasn’t heard of them, there’s probably a good reason why. If they state they are award-winning, ask them about the awards and if they have proof – or see if you can find proof. I’ve not personally seen a magician’s website that isn’t award-winning but few have details of what the award is. The same applies to the word international. Performing a trick for the barman on holiday does not make them an international magician!

Ask if they’re a member of The Magic Circle. It’s not the end of the world if they’re not, there are lots of amazing magicians who choose not to be, but it’s another layer of comfort about the act your booking.

Ensure you confirm that they have full Public Liability insurance. If they haven’t – avoid! God forbid they have an accident on your wedding day and they don’t have insurance. Make sure you get a contract that secures you both, and an invoice too. Most insurance companies require this now in any case.

Finally – don’t  go for the cheapest option. There may be a reason why they’re cheap. Have you ever bought Ryanair seats only to complain about the experience from the moment you arrive at the airport? Don’t have a Ryanair experience on the most important day of your life. You deserve the best, as do your guests.

A magician is perfect for a wedding as they can look after your guests when there’s a lull in proceedings. Whether it’s ice breaking magic during the photographer’s session or when you’re having your all-important couple photos. A magician can mix and mingle between two families and create fun, laughs and add to a great experience.

Table magic can also take place during the wedding breakfast. It’s difficult to sort a seating plan that keeps everyone happy, so a magician will provide an excellent opportunity for people who have not met, to engage with each other at the table. The lull between the breakfast and evening is also popular, as guests have nothing to do other than wait for the evening reception to start. Equally the evening reception is popular as the evening guests get to be involved which helps them settle in once they arrive.

The article was featured here http://www.evereverafter.co.uk/blog/making-your-wedding-day-magic-416

For more information about me performing at weddings take a look at my weddings page here https://owenstrickland.co.uk/wedding-magician-owen-strickland/

 

Warwickshire Magician at The Limes

Warwickshire Magician at The Limes

Warwickshire Magician at The Limes

Warwickshire Magician at The Limes Country Lodge 

I have done two weddings in the last couple of months at the fabulous The Limes Country Lodge. This is a fabulous privately owned venue in Earlswood, Warwickshire.

The most recent one was in fact the owner David’s amazing wedding to Debbie. David is a really nice guy, and it was a great honour to be asked to be at his special day. It was a gloriously sunny day, perfect for the outdoor ceremony. I was booked to perform mix and mingle magic during the photographs, to keep the guests entertained. As it was such a sunny day, everyone was outside enjoying the sunshine. There was still time to do my special Happy Couple tricks for David and Debbie, which you can see below.

The Limes Magician Owen Strickland The Limes Magician Owen Strickland The Limes Magician Owen Strickland The Limes Magician Owen Strickland The Limes Magician Owen Strickland

Earlier in the Summer, it was Michelle and Chas’s Wedding.They booked me after meeting me at an open day at the Venue earlier in the year. It was again a glorious hot sunny day and they booked me to perform at the lull between the breakfast and the evening. As my second of three weddings that day ,the gorgeous weather meant I could be both inside and outside for guests. 

 

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I performed my special tricks for the happy couple quite early into the booking. It was extra fun, as they came and sat at a very lively table. This meant the reactions were even better as everyone got involved. Despite bring a predominately Birmingham City fan attended wedding I had a great time.

For more information about the fabulous The Limes and what they can offer you , take a look at the website here https://www.limescountrylodge.co.uk/weddings/

Fore more photos of me performing at Weddings take a look at y gallery here https://owenstrickland.co.uk/magician-gallery/

 

 

Birmingham Magician at Alrewas Hayes Wedding

Birmingham Magician at Alrewas Hayes Wedding

Birmingham Magician at Alrewas Hayes Wedding

Birmingham Magician at Alrewas Hayes Wedding today for Tonu and Paul’s Special day.

The couple booked me after meeting me at a tasyer eveing at the venue last year. These evenings are where couples who are booked at the venue, visit for an evening to taste teh food. The room is dressed as it would be for a wedding, with the recommened venue dressers trying out various different themes. The various menuu’s are also on show, so that they can see what food they may like for their Special Day.

There will also be one of the recommeded photgraphers, some live music, and of course…me!!

Birmingham Magician at Alrewas Hayes Wedding

First I was booked for mix and mingle magic when the guests arrived from the church at Dunstall. This is the perfect time for magic, as guests often get lost en route (yes even with Sat Navs). They therefore arrive over quite some time, leaving the first arrivers easily bored. It also acts as a great ice breaker for the guests that havent met before. There was also a fabulous Saxophonist/singer who was brilliant.

I whizzed round the garden area on what was the last official day of the sumer , entertaining the guests with close up magic.

It was a big bonus and lovely surprsie to see that my good friend Stuart James was teh photographer. Ive worked with Stuart ( and also his brotehr and Dad many tmes) and hes fabulous. The picture will go below once i get them. His work speaks for itself!! His website can be found here https://www.stuartjamesphoto.co.uk/

 

It was then round the tables during the gaps between the courses of the wedding breakfast, doing a mini show at each table. The pictures above show the reactions of the guests.Finally it was time for my special bride and groom tricks

It was lovely to get the following review within a few days from Toni

For more information about the amazing Alrewas Hayes, for me teh best venue in the Region, take a look at theor amazing new website here ( soon to feature me!)https://alrewashayes.com/

 

 

 

 

The schoolhouse Weeford Magician Owen Strickland

The Schoolhouse Weeford Magician Owen Strickland

The Schoolhouse Weeford Magician Owen Strickland

The Schoolhouse Weeford Magician Owen Strickland was back at the venue today for a very Special Wedding. Its always an honour to be asked to perform at a Wedding Co-ordinators of a venues event. Well today is was Julie, the Wedding Co-ordiantors’ son’s wedding. Chris was and Aimee chose one of the hottest days of the year to tie the knot!

The Schoolhouse Weeford Magician Owen Strickland

The Schoolhouse Weeford Magician Owen Strickland The Schoolhouse Weeford Magician Owen Strickland

The couple got married at teh beautiful church opposite, before having an amzing procession across the road to reach the venue. This was lead by an amzing Brass quartet who marched the guests across. They then went down to the field area where outside ceremonies take place, for the recpetion drinks.The band continued to play and I walked aorund the guests perfroming mix and mingle magic. After several pints of cold water as I went, it was then time to perfrom my Special Tricks for the happy couple. Aimee’s face says it all!!

It was lovely to get this lovely 5 star review from Aimee the following week

The Schoolhouse Weeford Magician Owen Strickland

It was also lovey to see Andrew from David Wadley Photography on hand to capture the day. You can find the website here https://www.davidwadleyphotography.co.uk/

Fore more photos of me performing weddings see my gallery here https://owenstrickland.co.uk/birmingham-magician-gallery/

For info about having a wedding at The Schoolhouse , see the webiste here and ask for Julie https://schoolhouse.co.uk/weddings/

 

Warwickshire Magician at Woodside Kenilworth

Warwickshire Magician at Woodside Kenilworth

Warwickshire Magician at Woodside Kenilworth

Warwickshire Magician at Woodside Kenilworth today for Nathan and Natalie’s Special Day.

The couple booked me after meeting me at a Wedding Fayre at The Venue last year. I showed the what I could add to their special day, to make it more rememberable for both them and their guests.

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Firstly I performed mix and mingle magic in the lovely garden area whilst the photographs were taken. This is an excellent time for me to perform magic and act as an Ice breaker for the two sets of guests . It was a loveoy warm summers day and the drinks reception was a lot of fun.

Secondly it was then perfroming table magic in and around the meal, between courses etc. This gives every single person at the wedding a chance to see some amazing magic at ther table. One tabe in particular loved the magic and the photos can be seen above.

Finally it was time to perfrom my special tricks for the bride and groom at the Top Table. This involves tricks that only the Bride and Groom get, and leaves them with mementoes for them to keep to remind them of their special day.

 

 

 

 

Fore more information about Woodside take a look at the website herehttp://www.sundialgroup.com/weddings-ceremonies/woodside/overview

For more photos of me performing at weddings take a look here https://owenstrickland.co.uk/birmingham-magician-gallery/

 

Hogarths Magic with Owen Strickland

Hogarths Magic with Owen Strickland

Hogarths Magic with Owen Strickland

Hogarths Magic with Owen Strickland today for Leona and Marks Wedding. The couple booked me after meeting me at the Wedding Fayre at the Venue back in May. I know when meeting them it would be a fun wedding. I was not disappointed!!

The booked me to perform during the lull between the wedding breakfast and the evening reception. This is a very popular booking as it is a part of the day where guests can easily get bored and frustrated. Having me go round the tables and to the guests who have gone to the bar or outside, can reinvigorate them and keep the mood going.

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The weather had been iffy at best all weekend, but thankfully it was a warm and dry day. It meant guests were free to go outside and enjoy some magic in the sunshine. I want round both inside and outside performing for a couple of hours, and you can see some of the reactions that I got. I also had time to do my Special Tricks for the Bride and Groom, one inside and one outside.

It was genuinely a fun wedding and a lovely end to a busy weekend.

for more photos of me perfroming at wedding take a look at the gallery page here https://owenstrickland.co.uk/birmingham-magician-gallery/

For more information about the stunning Hogarths their website is here https://www.hogarths.co.uk/solihull/

Birmingham Magician at Mythe Barn

Birmingham Magician at Mythe Barn

Birmingham Magician at Mythe Barn

Birmingham Magician at Mythe Barn. Today I was at Mythe Barn for Mitch and Jess’s epic wedding day.

The father of the Groom Mark booked me after seeing me at another wedding. He booked me for my platinum package, which is by far my most popular package.

This meant I performed mix and mingle magic after the ceremony, and then table magic between the courses. I was also booked as a surprise for Mitch, who is a big magic fan. This meant I had chance to do my gag where I pretend to be a waiter and meet the couples drink order up when they come out of the ceremony. Mitch’s face when i told him the venue had “run out of stella” was picture, and when he realised i was a magician it was a great moment.

Birmingham Magician at Mythe Barn

Its true that a picture paints a thousand words.

It was generally quite a young wedding, which meant it was extra fun as everyone really got into the spirit of the day. It also meant  I had some amazing reactions.

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It was glorious hot July Day, and a nice change from the poor weather that this summer has generally seen. Each table had some amazing magic and the reactions can be seen from the photos above. Before I left there was just time to do my Special Tricks for the Bride and Groom, which again went down great. It was also lovely to see a couple from a wedding years ago, who remembered me. 

 

Fore more information about the fabulous Mythe Barn take a look at the website here https://mythebarn-weddings.co.uk

For More photo’s of me pe4fromng at weddings take a look at my gallery here https://owenstrickland.co.uk/birmingham-magician-gallery/

Warwick House Magician

Warwick House Magician Owen Strickland

Warwick House Magician Owen Strickland

Warwick House Magician Owen Strickland at the venue twice in a few days. Sometimes its strange in the Wedding Business that you can be at the same venue twice in a matter of days. This week was such a time!

I was there on Sunday for Dean and Claire’s Special Day. It was a glorious sunny day and I was booked to perform mix and mingle magic during the drinks reception. This enables me to go around the garden and perform magic whilst the all important photographs were taken by the fab Marc Osbourne Photography. This is such a good time to perform, as the two sides if the family have maybe not met before. It therefore can act as a really good Ice Breaker and gets guests talking to each other. 

Warwick House Magician Owen Strickland Warwick House Magician Owen Strickland Warwick House Magician Owen Strickland

I still had time to perform my special Bride and Groom Tricks for Claire and Dean.

Then on Wednesday I was back again for the wedding of Chris and Shab. They had booked me after finding my flyer in the goodie bag handed out by the venue to all couples.Again they booked me to perform in the drinks reception prior to the breakfast. It was again a hot and sunny day, and there haven’t been a huge amount of those this summer!

Warwick House Magician Owen Strickland

For more information about the amazing Warwick House take a look at their website here https://www.warwickhouse.co.uk

Situated inSouther Warwickshire its an easy hour from the outskirts of London. 

For more photos of me at events including weddings take a look here https://owenstrickland.co.uk/birmingham-magician-gallery/nggallery/page/9

 

Staffordshire Magician at Aston Marina

Staffordshire Magician at Aston Marina

Staffordshire Magician at Aston Marina

Staffordshire Magician at Aston Marina where I am the recommended supplier.

Today I was delighted to be back at Aston marina for Nicola and Tom’s Special Day. The couple met me at the Venues Open Day last year and booked me there and then. Wedding Fayres and Open Days are the perfect opportunity for couples to see what I can do in person. They get a feel for both my magic and performing style. With any entertainment this is always better than booking via a website.

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The couple booked me to perform between the wedding breakfast and the evening reception. I refer to this as the “lull” as its generally a lull in proceedings. Its a great time to have me perfrom magic. Its even more of a good idea when its a venue where there is no accommodation for guests to go and check in. This is the case with Aston Marina. This venue grows from strength to strength. It has an amazingly friendly team managed by Nicky. After being a finalist in The Wedding Industry Awards they went one better to win the Best Venue in the Bridebook Awards.

Tom and nicola were great fun as were there guests. The photographer was Clara Lou Photography. It was my first wedding with her, but it was clear she knew how to get the best out of guests. 

After going round the guests inside the Boathouse I joint Clara and the couple outside where smoke bombs were aplenty. I then dod my special tricks for the two in glorious sunshine. The photos above speak for themselves.

 

Fore more information about the fabulous Aston Marina take a look at there website here https://www.astonmarina.co.uk/weddings/wedding-venue/

To get in contact with Clara Lou you can find her website here http://www.claralouphotography.co.uk

Fore more photos of me perfroming at weddings, take a look here https://owenstrickland.co.uk/magician-gallery/

Magician in Warwickshire Owen Strickland

Magician in Warwickshire Owen Strickland

Magician in Warwickshire Owen Strickland was ay Warwick House today. Dean and Claire had their Special day at the stunning Warwick House.

The couple booked me as I am luckily a recommended supplier at the venue. This means every couple that books a wedding at the venue gets a goody bag. Inside this I put a flyer and a small gift for them, along with the other recommended suppliers.

Warwick House Magician Owen Strickland

Dean booked me to perform mix and mingle magic. This was in the garden area after the ceremony and before the Wedding Breakfast. Thankfully it was a scorching hot day and the weather didn’t get in the way. Photographer Marc Osbourne was on hand to capture the photos and managed to get some of me as I worked my way around the garden.

As the proceeding were going straight into speeches when they sat down for the meal, I took the opportunity to do my special bride and groom trick for them in the sun. Marc was on the roof by this point to take some group shots, so hopefully Ill have an “aerial shot” to show for it.

 

Fore more information about the fabulous Warwick House have a look at their website here https://www.warwickhouse.co.uk/weddings/

Fore over 100o photos of me perfroming at other events see my gallery here https://owenstrickland.co.uk/magician-gallery/nggallery/page/9